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Front Pagearrow Tigers complete historic series double
Bangladesh completed one of the greatest fightbacks in the history of one-day cricket when they won the fifth and deciding one-day match against Zimbabwe by eight wickets at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow AL MPs besiege speaker's room, show black flags
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday adopted an obituary reference on the main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmaker Shah AMS Kibria amid a boycott by the AL deputies and protests by the opposition parties in and outside the House.
 arrow 60-hour hartal ends with stray clashes
The 60-hour countrywide hartal called by the Awami Legue (AL) and its allies ended at 6:00pm yesterday paralysing life for the third consecutive day and stray incidents of clashes between rival political
 arrow Cops watch a section of political activists
Preliminary investigations by the law enforcing agencies point the finger at a section of ruling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami activists to be the prime suspects in the January 27 grenade blasts that killed
 arrow Interpol men arrive, no decision yet on US conditions for FBI help
Two Interpol officials arrived in Dhaka yesterday while the government was yet to decide on the US demand for full accessibility to evidence and witnesses in case of FBI assistance in the investigations
 arrow PM says Kibria killers must be punished
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the killers of former finance minister and Awami League (AL) leader Shah AMS Kibria must be tracked down and severely punished.
 arrow Agenda meet starts today
The agenda-setting process for the 13th Saarc Summit begins today with the Saarc Programming Committee meeting at Hotel Sheraton.
 arrow Fresh hartal on Feb 3, 5, 6
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies will enforce another spell of countrywide hartal on February 3, 5 and 6 in protest against the killing of lawmaker and former minister Shah AMS Kibria
 arrow Rare treat for book lovers
Rare book lovers are in for a treat when they enter the Central Public Library, where hundreds of books published as long ago as 350 years including Yusuf Julekha, Shahanma, Bheda, Puran, Rare birdsbook,
 arrow Container jam reaches record high for hartal
Container congestion in the Chittagong Port reached an all-time high yesterday in the wake of the 60-hour countrywide hartal enforced by the main opposition Awami League.
 arrow Hasina doubts govt's security for Saarc leaders
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her doubt about the government's ability to ensure security for heads of the government of Saarc (South Asian Association
 arrow Iraqi vote count gets underway
Iraqi election workers yesterday were counting ballots from the country's first free election in half a century after millions braved insurgents' bombs, mortars and threats to cast their vote.
 arrow India to take up issue on summit sidelines
India yesterday hinted it would take up with Bangladesh the issue of assassination of former finance minister and front line Awami League leader SAMS Kibria on the sidelines of the 13th Saarc Summit.
 arrow 2 outlaws die in 'crossfire'
Two leaders of underground outfits were killed in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and police in Jhenidah and Pabna early yesterday.
 arrow 7 die in road accidents in Chittagong
Seven people died and eight others were injured in road accidents in the port city and at Dohazari on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway yesterday.
 arrow Badruddoza says govt failed to ensure safety
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the present government has totally failed to ensure security to the lives of people.
 arrow Myanmar proposes meeting on tri-nation gas pipeline Feb 14
Myanmar has proposed holding of the first meeting of the working committee on the tri-nation gas pipeline in Yangon on February 14.
 arrow Raped girl set on fire
Criminals yesterday set on fire a teenage girl at Dhamrai, four days after she was raped by a youth.
Her mother suspects the rapist and his associates might be involved in the barbaric act.

Businessarrow PCBs outstrip NCBs for the first time
Despite shiring only 23 percent of total bzanch network, private commercial banks (PCBs) for the first time in Bangladesh banking history have overtaken nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) in terms of
 arrow Bangladesh suffers from wrong perceptions
Ratan Tata, chairman of India’s industrial heavyweight Tata Group, said Bangladesh is a country suffering more from wrong perceptions than actual facts.
 arrow 75 to vie for 27-member BGMEA board
A total of 75 candidates will vie for the 27-member policymaking committee of the largest trade association Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) scheduled to be held onFebruary
 arrow IPO subscription deadline of Global Ins extended
The initial public offering (IPO) subscription period of the Global Insurance Ltd has been extended up to February 6, company officials said.
 arrow BGIC to issue rights share
Bangladesh General Insurance Company Ltd (BGIC) yesterday decided to issue rights share and increase the authorised capital of the company.
 arrow AKTEL, Wintel to start countrywide phone booth service
AKTEL and Wintel Ltd will soon launch the first-ever GSM-based mobile phone booth service across the country to ensure telecoms services at convenient public locations for those who do not have access
 arrow SBC buying AT&T for $16b
SBC Communications Inc said Monday it will buy AT&T Corp for about $16 billion, aiming to bolster its services for large corporations and end "Ma Bell's" independence.
 arrow China outlook still bright, but risks loom
The outlook for the Chinese economy remains bright, but great risks lurk ahead, China experts warned Sunday.
"The movement of the US dollar is a key question for the Chinese economy.

 arrow Opec signals era of costly oil
A decision by Opec to suspend its low price target for crude oil and members' comments that high prices have not hit world economic growth are clear signs of a new era of expensive oil, analysts say.
 arrow Oil tumbles as Opec holds steady, Iraqi polls pass
Oil prices tumbled below $47 Monday after Opec producers agreed to keep crude output unchanged for now and Iraq's elections passed without disruption to oil exports.
 arrow Small tourism operators bear brunt of tsunami: PATA
Small tourism operators were among the hardest hit in the industry ravaged by the December 26 tsunamis and need urgent help, Asia's top travel trade association said Monday.
 arrow China changing law to help migrant workers get backpay
China is amending its construction law in its first major concrete step to ensure that millions of migrant workers get the salaries they are owed, state media said Monday.
 arrow Malaysia to set up bank for SME development
Malaysia will set up a development bank to assist small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in 2005, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A Series to Savour
If anybody terms January as the month of fairytales for Bangladesh's cricket, it will not be an exaggeration.
 arrow Cricket: One & only Rafique
For Mohammad Rafique it's easier to hit big sixes and fours.
 arrow Cricket: Aftab blooms at last
The Tigers failed to chase two moderate targets and lost the first two matches against Zimbabwe in the five-match one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Grand end to a grand venue
The Bangabandhu National Stadium officially hosted its last cricket match with the fifth one-day international between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Whoever wins gets thru'
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq believes his team have the upper-hand in their final make or break triangular VB Series match against the West Indies Tuesday because of their now considerable experience
 arrow Cricket: Pak team ends inspection
A Pakistani security delegation has concluded its inspection of venues in the run-up to their cricket team's first Test tour of India in six years starting next month.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt getting married
Australian Lleyton Hewitt proposed to Australian television soap opera actress Bec Cartwright straight after his defeat to Russian Marat Safin in the final of the Australian Open, the couple announced
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova leads Russian assault
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova will lead a Russian attempt to prevent a record fifth victory for world number one Lindsay Davenport at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament this week.
 arrow Football: Mother of all clashes
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson is certain hostilities will be back on the menu when his team travel to bitter rivals Arsenal on Tuesday for a crunch match that could bury one side's Premiershiptitle
 arrow Football: Real scrape through
England captain David Beckham was on target as Real Madrid maintained their perfect league record in 2005 with a 2-1 win at bottom club Numancia on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Juve right on track
Juventus took a big step towards the Serie A title on Sunday after extending their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
 arrow Cricket: Clarke best in Australia
Australia's new cricketing sensation Michael Clarke received the Allan Border medal on Monday as the country's best player over the past year.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis makes return to tennis!
Martina Hingis makes her return to competitive tennis after two years out of the game at the Volvo Women's Open in Pattaya, Thailand, on Tuesday.
She faces German Marlene Weingartner in the first round.

 arrow One For The Photo Collection...

 arrow Music Time...

Nationalarrow Reopen Chilahati land port, rail link with India
The shortest rail communication from Bangladesh to India, Nepal, Bhutan and even China can be re-established by reopening the link from Chilahati in Nilphamari district to Holdibari just across the border
 arrow Rangpur Chamber thanks PM
The business circle in Rangpur has thanked the Prime Minister for her initiative for pipeline gas supply to Rangpur and Dinajpur.
 arrow Doctor in custody for 'forging' state minister's signature
A government doctor has been handed over to police by Barisal Deputy Commissioner for submitting a forged recommendation of State Minister for Education A N M Ehsanul Haque Milon for admission of hisdaughter
 arrow A hardened criminal evading police in Comilla
Most wanted criminal in Katchua police station area, Zahir, is carrying out criminal activities in parts of Comilla and Chandpur, evading police dragnet.
 arrow Where liquor creeps into a child's life
Children at sweepers' colony in Rajshahi city become addicted to liquor at an age as early as eight to ten.
 arrow Sharp decline in wheat yield in Nilphamari
Wheat production in Nilphamari district has come down to one fourth in past several years.
Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said this is due to change in climate.

 arrow 3-day BDR-BSF meet begins tomorrow at Rangpur
A three-day high level BDR-BSF meeting begins at Rangpur Porjaton Motel tomorrow.
A 13-member team of BSF officials will arrive here today.

 arrow BCL calls strike at JU Thursday
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has called a daylong strike on the campus on Thursday.
 arrow 7 get life in Habiganj triple murder
A court in Habiganj on Sunday gave life term to seven persons for a triple murder in the district in 2001.
Nine others were jailed for two years in the case.

 arrow PCJSS condemns Habiganj grenade attack
The Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) in a statement issued here on Sunday condemned the grenade attack on Awami League rally at Habiganj that killed former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria
 arrow Pneumonia, diarrhoea claim 5 in Gaibandha
Pneumonia and diarrhoea have broken out in an alarming form in Gaibandha Sadar and Fulchhari upazilas due to the ongoing cold spell in the district.
Pneumonia has claimed three children in two days.

 arrow Erratum
In a story headlined 'The blind torchbearer', published in the National page on January 20, the name of Mymensingh Deputy Commissioner was mistakenly mentioned as Abu Saleh Md Zakaria instead of Saifuddin
Point-Counterpointarrow Kibria's tragic death a grievous blow to political sanity
My friend, fellow diplomat and political adversary, SAMS Kibria is no more.
 arrow Why we migrate?
Leaving our loved ones and our own motherland we tend to migrate.
Culturearrow "TV plays should deal with contemporary reality"
Prominent TV play director Atiqul Haque Chowdhury has chosen to adopt a low profile for the last nine months due to ill health.
 arrow Patha natak festival begins today
Good news for theatre enthusiasts. An eight-day patha natak (street drama) festival starts today at two venues: Central Shaheed Minar premises and Rabindra Sarobar near Dhanmondi Lake.
 arrow "Angling is fun on rainy days" --Shubhrodev
Shubhrodev, a popular singer, has many hit albums to his credit: Hamlyner Banshiwala, Je Banshi Niye Gechhey, Shesh Chithi and the latest, Lolita.
 arrow In aid of AIDS and Tsunami victims "We Are the World" returns to the centre stage
We Are the World, the pioneering all-star charity anthem that generated millions of dollars for African famine relief 20 years ago, is returning to the world stage--this time to raise money for
Generalarrow Ekushey Book Fair begins today amid tight security
The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2005 begins on the Bangla Academy premises today amid tight security.
 arrow Face conspiracy against nation unitedly
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said any heinous conspiracy or any destructive activity against the nation should be faced unitedly by the government and the opposition parties to ensure democratic
 arrow More bodies condemn Kibria's killing
More organisations yesterday condemned the killing of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four Awami League (AL) activists in a grisly grenade attack at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj on Thursday evening.
 arrow Injured shop employee dies in Ctg
An employee of a shop at Chawk Bazar in the city who was injured critically in a bomb attack on Sunday morning died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Bogra admin bans all nighttime cultural programmes
The Bogra district administration has banned all nighttime social and cultural programmes there because of fears of bomb attacks.
 arrow JSD calls 12-hr hartal on Feb 3, 36-hr Feb 5, 6
At the end of a 60-hour country-wide hartal yesterday, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) announced a series of fresh programmes to protest the killings and arrests of opposition leaders by the government.
 arrow Tk 105cr Mixed Credit from Denmark
Bangladesh will receive 14.5 million euro equivalent to about Tk 105 crore as Mixed Credit from Denmark.
 arrow Need for curbing noise pollution stressed
The parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Environment and Forest at a meeting yesterday underlined the importance of preventing 'noise pollution' near the hospitals, schools and colleges.
 arrow 11-party demands free probe
Left leaning 11-party alliance yesterday declared a dawn to dusk countrywide hartal on February 3 demanding independent inquiry of the brutal killings of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four
 arrow Changes in admin
The government yesterday made some changes in the top level of the administration.
 arrow Sramik Dal leader held with bomb making materials
Police Sunday arrested a Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal leader in Chitalmari upazila in Bagerhat, suspecting his involvement in making bombs.
 arrow Teenage boy helps avert train tragedy
The presence of mind of a teenage boy helped a packed commuter train narrowly escape a serious accident at Jhikargachha yesterday.
 arrow Sramik League leader murdered in Khulna
Badsha Sheikh, vice-president of Digholia upazila Sramik League, succumbed to his injuries at 6:30am yesterday at the Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
 arrow Bhuiyan Academy certificate award ceremony held
The annual certificate award ceremony of Bhuiyan Academy, a pioneering institute in introducing the LL.B.
 arrow 1,701 more held
Police arrested 1,701 people, including five listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Faizur new chief engineer of RHD
AKM Faizur Rah-man has been appointed chief engineer on current charge of Roads and High-ways Depart-ment (RHD) on Sunday.
Internationalarrow War backers, opponents hail Iraq election
Both supporters and opponents of the US-led occupation of Iraq yesterday greeted the Iraqi election as a key breakthrough toward the restoration of sovereignty in the country.
 arrow Irregularities, low turnout mar polls in Mosul
Iraq's crunch election was marred by irregularities and low turnout in Mosul on Sunday, despite insistence from the US military that voting in the restive northern capital passed off smoothly.
 arrow US faces tough hurdles in post-election Iraq
While basking in the apparent success of Iraq's national elections Sunday, US officials still faced some tough hurdles in fashioning an exit strategy from the country America invaded nearly two yearsago.
 arrow Washington breathes easier after Iraqi polls
President George W. Bush and his administration breathed easier Sunday after declaring Iraq's nati-onal elections a "resounding success" and passing a risky test of their policies in the battered country.
 arrow 11 killed in Kashmir ahead of local polls
Eleven people, including seven civilians, were killed in fresh violence a day ahead of a crucial phase of municipal polls in restive Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Russia backs Abbas as ME peace hopes rise
Russia pledged its "active" support yesterday for the Palestinians amid growing signs of a revival in the long-dormant Middle East peace process as visiting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas voiced "high
 arrow 'US-led forces may quit Iraq within 18 months'
US-led forces could leave Iraq within 18 months, Iraqi interim Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib told Britain's Channel 4 News Sunday after Iraq's election.
 arrow US lost track of $9b meant for Iraq's reconstruction
The former US-led Coalition Provisional Authority headed by American Paul Bremer lost track of nearly nine billion dollars it transferred to Iraqi government ministries in a black hole of fraud, kickbacks
 arrow US rebuffs Europe on Iranian nuke talks
The United States has rebuffed pleas to join a European diplomatic drive to persuade Iran to give up any ambitions to add nuclear bombs to its arsenal, US officials and foreign diplomats say.
 arrow Malacca Strait depth altered after tsunami
The depth in certain stretches of the narrow Malacca Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, has changed slightly following the huge earthquake and killer waves, which struck off Indonesialast
 arrow Taiwan urges China to call off threats
Taiwan's president yesterday reiterated his call for China to renounce its threats of violence against the island, just two days before Beijing was expected to send its highest-level delegation in 10years
 arrow Save the Children, Powell tipped for 2005 Nobel Peace Prize
Humanitarian aid group Save the Children, Ukraine's new President Viktor Yushchenko and former US secretary of state Colin Powell are seen as likely candidates for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize ahead oftoday's
Editorialarrow Editorial: Iraq election passes off
Despite the threat of terror attacks and its actual conversion into suicide bombings in places, the turn-out in the Iraq election has been large, more than what the occupation forces, and even the political
 arrow Editorial: Taste of double series victory
It was a great moment for our cricket. After the historic Test series win, our boys have added another feather to their cap -- the first ever ODI series victory. Congratulations, Tigers.
 arrow Kibria's death and devil's days
Like millions in the country, I mourn over the brutal murder of SAMS Kibria, MP.
 arrow PRSP: Prophecy versus pragmatism
In Dec 2004 the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) was finalised for Bangladesh by a group of economists and bureaucrats.
Letters to Editorarrow Bangla Bhai
I have carefully gone through your report on Bangla Bhai published on 27, January 2005.
I am angry and sad.

 arrow We need Rab
This is in response to the 'concern' of all those worried people from home and mostly from abroad, who are leaving no stone unturned to diminish the good work done by Rab.
 arrow Deadly attack on Awami League
The January 27 news of the deadly attack on the Awami League convention at Habiganj and death of SAMS Kibria and others was most unfortunate, but not unexpected.
 arrow Tigers!
Yes, they have fought back like real tigers. They wiped out the 0-2 deficit in great style.
 arrow Shocked
The news I found today is shocking and I don't have any words to express my feeling. I am not an Awami league or BNP supporter.
 arrow Dear readers
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